Jon Sharp, President – Inspired by a succession of great guitar teachers including Michael Bautista, Patrick Francis, Steve Lin and Ben Zussman, Jon has studied music formally at West Valley Community College and at San Jose State University where he received his Masters degree in Classical Guitar performance in 2009. Along the way he has performed with the San Jose State University Guitar Quartet as well as the San Jose State Collegium Musicum early music group. Jon has also played in Master Classes for acclaimed guitarists Adam Holzman, Martha Masters, Berta Rojas, James Smith, Scott Tenant, Jason Vieaux and Andrew York. In the Bay Area he was an active Board member of the South Bay Guitar Society and remains a member of the Guitar Foundation of America. He has performed at public events including Tapestry for the Arts Festival, the Alameda Guitar festival, San Jose Concert for Hope, musical theater & numerous private events. He has taught guitar classes for the East Union High School District – Adult program, as well as teaching privately for a number of years. Jon’s playing at Fresno VA was featured in the LA Times.
He takes his guitar wherever he goes. It is not unusual to find him practicing outdoors or under a mosquito net on camping trips. Official Website
Berto Boyd, Artistic Director and Public Relations – Berto Boyd began his musical training on the piano at age 5 and has been playing guitar for 30 years. A rigorous musician and a careful researcher,
Berto has studied in Spain and performed throughout the United States with some of the world’s finest Flamenco, Classical and Jazz artists. Born into a family of artists, which includes famed lead singer, Brandon Boyd of the multi-platinum band Incubus, he is one of the rare and few Americans who has dedicated his musical dreams to mastering the art of the Spanish guitar and composing original Flamenco music.
Berto’s debut album “Esmeralda” was released in 2003 featuring all original Flamenco compositions. In 2017, he released the first album with his group Flamenco Pacifico titled “Convivencia”.
Berto was commissioned to transcribe the monumental guitar score for Avalon – Suite for Flamenco guitar and Chamber Orchestra by Jose Luis de la Paz, which he performed during its’ debut at the Miami Dade Auditorium in October 2015. Other performance credits highlights include: Musical Director for “Flamenco Pacifico” at the Britt Fest and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2015, “Flamenco Guitar – Past * Present * and Future” with Ben Woods at the Jewelbox Theater in Seattle, WA 2014, “An Evening of Guitar” with Berto Flamenco y Ritmo Gitano at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria, CA 2008, Co-Musical Director/Guitarist for “Calle Flamenca” with Bailes Ferrer in Miami 2006, Musical Director/Guitarist for “Flamenco en Concierto” and “Tarde Flamenca” at the Fountain Theater in Hollywood, CA 2006, and Musical Director for “Arte y Pasion” at the Center Stage Theater Santa Barbara, CA 2004.
He recently relocated from SoCal to the great Pacific Northwest where he now divides his times between concert performances, producing, transcribing, composing, mentoring, skateboarding and spending time with his new family. Official Website
He is the musical director of Flamenco Pacifico Oregon’s premiere Flamenco music and dance ensemble.
Tom Strini, Board member – Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition and a master’s in classical guitar performance. That background prepared him for a long career as a writer; Strini was music and dance critic at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for 27 years and then senior editor of an arts-centric online magazine. Upon arrival in Corvallis in September of 2014, he joined the Guitar Society and started dusting off his technique. He also teaches at Oregon State University in the Honors College, School of Writing, Literature and Film, and in the Art Department.
Mickey Jones, Board member – Mickey received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in guitar performance under Michael Chapdelaine at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. While at the University of New Mexico he did additional study with flamenco masters Chuscales and Pedro Cuadra as well as masterclasses with classical guitar luminaries Bruce Holzman and Sharon Isbin.
As a performer, Mickey has had an extensive career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a featured soloist at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival 2006 and 2011, worked with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Church of Beethoven, Chatter, and played and danced the tango (with his guitar as his partner) at the 2007 Roland Dyens Tribute Festival. As part of the New Mexico Guitar Duo, Mickey and his partner, Jeremy Mayne were Artists in Residence at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2012. In 2014, the New Mexico Guitar Duo gave several performances in Santiago, Chile which concluded with a recital at the historic Teatro Casona Dubois.
Mickey has taught, lectured, adjudicated, and conducted at numerous national festivals and institutions. In 2008, with colleague John Truitt, he was a featured educator and conductor at the Bergen Cultural School in Bergen, Norway. Mickey was music director and conductor for two ballets featuring the Albuquerque Academy Advanced Guitar Ensemble and the Albuquerque Academy Dance Program in which he also contributed original music. In 2009, he conducted Shingo Fuji’s Concierto de Los Angeles with William Kanengiser as featured soloist and in 2012 Mickey conducted the world premiere of Carillons by the renowned French composer, Roland Dyens at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival.
Mickey now lives in Corvallis with his wife Michelle and their two sons, Gus and Eli. And their two dogs, Jimmy and Maisy.
Jeff Muhr Board Member: Jeffrey earned two bachelor’s degrees with three majors in biology, psychology and anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit and pursued graduate study in developmental psychology at the University of Chicago, before he realized the sinful error of his ways and abandoned academia in favor of a five-year stint with the environmental organization Greenpeace. An incurable music addict, Jeff has aspired to follow the maxim “jack of all trades, master of none” with limited success. Hit with a ruler while taking piano lessons as a child, Jeffrey made himself a moving target, picking up a guitar and flailing on a drum kit in his parents’ basement as a teen. He has studied with two Indonesian gamelan ensembles in Chicago and Ann Arbor, MI, collected cassettes, and recorded musical performances in Malaysia, Java and Bali. After being given an oud as a gift by Yemeni friends in Detroit, he learned how to tune it after several years, and received lessons in Middle Eastern technique and maqamat from Josh Humphrey in Eugene, OR. Jeff has taken classical and flamenco guitar instruction from his infinitely patient friend Berto Boyd and jazz theory from Eugene’s Bill Harkleroad. A lover of folk baroque and blues, Jeff has attended guitar workshops with steel-string luminaries such as the Jefferson Airplane’s Jorma Kaukonen and Stefan Grossman. He has squandered countless dollars and hours obtaining stringed instruments, oddball vinyl records, books and CDs. Jeff currently plays rhythm guitar for Corvallis’s Balkan dance ensemble Ziveli.
Nico Cropp, Webmaster – Born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Nico loves computers and mechanical things. He owns and runs Corvallis Computer for this very reason.
He also administrates numerous other websites, plays Magic: The Gathering with his friends, and video games(also with friends). Currently a board member of the Retro Player Gamers video game club. Official Website